3:33 pm: Pittsburgh has officially selected Difo and placed González on the 10-day IL. Righty Trevor Cahill was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day IL to clear 40-man roster space for Difo. Cahill went on the IL with a left calf strain on June 12 that’ll apparently require an extended absence. He’s out for 60 days from the date of his original placement, so he won’t return until at least mid-August.
2:49 pm: The Pirates are planning to select the contract of Wilmer Difo, manager Derek Shelton told reporters (including Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Fellow utilityman Erik González is going on the 10-day injured list. A corresponding 40-man roster move to accommodate Difo’s selection is forthcoming.
Difo signed a minor league deal with Pittsburgh over the winter and earned a spot on the big league roster when Ke’Bryan Hayes landed on the injured list in early April. He wound tallying 87 plate appearances over the next couple months, hitting .244/.287/.366 while lining up at five defensive positions (including mop-up work as a pitcher). That’s right in line with the switch-hitter’s body of work as a depth option with the Nationals between 2015-20.
González has also bounced around the diamond this season, including picking up some extended run at third when Hayes was out of action. He’s not offered much at the plate, though, hitting just .232/.258/.300 over 229 trips to the dish before leaving yesterday’s game against the Brewers with right side discomfort.
A new algorithm for inventory management?
Just keeping the current inventory in order while waiting for new product to be delivered. Going through the final everything must go clearance prepping for the new stuff to begin to be delivered./.\
Say good bye to Tom??
Not so fast my friend. Thomas the tank engine keeps on chugging.
I think he was referring to Ka’ai Tom.
I think @YourDreamGM was aware that @panj341 was referring to Ka’ai Tom. Tom still in the lineup helps with the tank in progress. Just a little play on words including Ka’ai Tom and the team tanking. Clever. 🙂
Thanks for the clarification.
Erik Gonzalez is incredibly solid at multiple positions, which is good because he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. Difo is an acceptable replacement… as long as no one lets him pitch.
Him pitching would help a tank in progress.
Made me think of Willem Dafoe which would make for an interesting acquisition.
Dafoe excellent actor and even better audiobook performer.
Curious if anyone knows the record for most DFA in a season and if the pirates are close. I think Michael Felix was only one who got claimed.